Tempo  8 ore 59 minuti

Coordinate 496

Caricato 1 dicembre 2013

Recorded novembre 2013

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1.759 m
545 m
12,84 km

Visto 2940 volte, scaricato 63 volte

vicino Hoxhallare, Gjirokastër (Albania)

Mali i Buretos is perhaps somewhat neglected by ambitious hikers. This might be because it happens to be a little less high than mighty Cajupi Mountain, or even nearby Nemercka or Papingut. 1759 Meter do not seem to be very high, but remember that the Drinos Valley lies at an altitude of 200 Meter only. So Mali i Buretos (or Mal Bureto) cannot be overlooked, and it is right in your face (on your left side) when travelling from Gjirokaster to Kakavije or Greece.

We had to check several maps for the spelling, as we did not want to appear to have climbed something as high as a Mexican hamburger. The summit is also called Arkovale on the AlbInfo map.

We had eyed Mali i Buretos many times before, but then seemed to always have more pressing - and higher - things to do. The last week in November 2013, with the first snow just fallen but plenty of sunshine in the weather forecast, seemed to be just right.

We selected a sort of diretissima, along a barely visible path, right up in a straight line from Libohove town to the summit ridge at 1500 Meter. Inspection from the valley below, in the evening light, seemed to indicate that we would not yet have (much) snow until the ridge.

The path may have been maintained many years ago, when the military installations near the summit were still serviced. Now, the path is difficult to make out at times, and even more difficult when there is snow cover. The terrain is very steep, and the trail is exposed for long stretches. We do not recommend it for novices, and certainly not for a descent. Good orientation is very important as missing the trail may get you very quickly into very uncomfortable terrain. We lost the trail once, but found it again with our GPS.

Once you reach the ridge, you can relax. It is still more than 250 Meter elevation gain to the summit, but there is no exposure and you can choose your way. The views from the summit, especially on a cold but beautiful sunny day, were nothing less than astounding, across the Drinos Valley with Gjirokaster and the Free State of Lazarat, towards Kendervices, Cajupi, Nemercke, Smolikas and Tymfi, Mourgana and Korfu Island.

Of course, days at the end of November are very short. Since we had no appetite to return the way we came, we decided to take the old military road down to Labove e Siperme. The road is no longer in use, and those with 4WD ambitions do not need to even try: the road is blocked by rockfall in many places. But is makes for a stress-free descent. If you plan to do likewise, you should arrange for transport to pick you up in Labove e Siperme or Labove e Poshtme (better known as Labove e Kryqit). During summer, when there is longer daylight, you might be able to pay a visit to St. Mary's Church (see wikiloc #3506051).

We failed to arrange for transport in advance, but managed to find a kind soul in Labove e Kryqit willing to taxi-drive us back to Libohove.

We lost the trail once. To avoid this, at waypoint 05, leave our tracks and head for waypoint 06. From here, head to waypoint 07. Here, our tracks and the path reunite.

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1390 m


1390 m


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Passo di montagna


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09-Pass and Fork

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10 Summit (Arkovale)

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12-Labove e Siperme

12-Labove e Siperme
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13-Labove e poshtme

600 m

6 commenti

  • Foto di Toby Palm

    Toby Palm 3-dic-2013

    Loving the fog :) https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/first-snow-on-mali-i-buretos-5714476/photo-3042868

  • Foto di Toby Palm

    Toby Palm 3-dic-2013

    Amazing! Was it a steep drop off or more of a gentle slope? Mum looks very intrepid! https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/first-snow-on-mali-i-buretos-5714476#wp-5714483/photo-3042894

  • demilo 3-dic-2013

    Love the photos! Plus excellent description, when can we come for another hiking trip?!

  • demilo 3-dic-2013

    Beautiful hike

  • Foto di Palmtreeproduction

    Palmtreeproduction 3-dic-2013

    There are several steep drop offs and long stretches where you can't see the bottom of the slope... :) https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/first-snow-on-mali-i-buretos-5714476#wp-5714483/photo-3042894

  • Foto di Palmtreeproduction

    Palmtreeproduction 3-dic-2013

    Come any time you want - as long as its during the hiking season!

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